Edenderry Power Ltd
SIPTU members in Edenderry Power Ltd (EPL), Edenderry, Co. Offaly, have voted by a five to one majority for industrial and strike action in a ballot counted last night, Thursday, February 23. The vote for the action was taken in a continuing collective bargaining dispute.
SIPTU Organiser, John Regan, said: “Our members in Edenderry Power Ltd will now seek sanction from the union’s executive to issue a 14-day notice of industrial action on the company. This dispute is in relation to the Bord na Móna subsidiary refusing to accept that a collective bargaining agreement signed in November 2013 covers our members’ right to have their basic pay increases negotiated by SIPTU representatives."
“The company entered into talks on a pay increase of 3.5% in April 2014. In early 2016, it derailed the process at the Workplace Relations Commission by stating that a collective agreement between the union and management did not cover pay negotiations. This resulted in it claiming that SIPTU representatives did not have a right to represent its members in pay negotiations," Regan added.
He continued: “Workers in EPL have not received a pay increase since 2007. This is remarkable when it is considered that they are working for a subsidiary of a semi-state company which has recorded profits of €85 million in the last three years.”
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